You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. (Psalm 139:3)
The psalmist uses a colorful word in this verse—discern. In the Eastern world, using a flat basket, farmers throw grain up in the air. While it is suspended, the prevailing wind blows away the chaff, and then the pure grain is caught in the basket. With this vivid image, the psalmist is saying, “It’s as if You threw my life up in the air, and the light and the wind of your Spirit blew away everything except the real me. When I fall back down into Your hands, you have so sifted me that You discern me.”
Be challenged by Romans
Romans doesn’t let us sit still. In Romans, Paul talks about the obligation we are under to spread the truth of the Gospel and to engage with the culture around us. He talks about the journey we must make after we accept the God’s gift of salvation. We are called to leave our comfortable and easy corners and spread the message of Christ’s sacrifice to everyone around us, because we have been freely justified!